A robust crowd of right at one hundred people attended this past Tuesday’s “Team Jackson” event at the Capital Club. The meeting was brought to order at 11:50 by Chairman Ben Allen of Downtown Jackson Partners and the invocation was given by Primus Wheeler of the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation. Senator David Blount updated the group on his legislation to consolidate state offices into privately owned buildings in the Capital Complex, saving the state thousands of dollars.
Chairman Allen then reviewed with the group many of the development and festival events being planned or in progress all over the Capital City, such as relocating the Secretary of State’s offices (and 90 employees) to Capital Towers, UMMC buying the Landmark Center, and moving 300 IT employees there, the rehab efforts in Smith Park downtown, the plans for a Eudora Welty festival and also for a 2 day Creative Economy Summit, H and M retail opening a store in Northpark Mall, the Capitol Street Renaissance project, Helms Village 88 unit housing development downtown, hopes and preliminary plans for Business Improvement Districts in Fondren and County Line Road, and various other projects.
He also announced the creation of “Team Jackson Academy”, which will meet quarterly at the Capital Club. Team Jackson Development meetings are currently held quarterly, and the Academy will meet in alternating quarters, so we will sponsor meetings every 6 weeks. Team Jackson Academy will be a “teaching” school and will offer panels of experts on a variety of “Creative Economy” topics, including New Markets Tax Credits, Historic Tax Credits, Placemaking, the Economic Dynamics of Creative Arts, Wayfinding, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Public Spaces, Parks, Green Spaces, the importance of corridors into our city and many other “Creative Economy” topics of interest. More will be posted here sent directly to members soon.
Lucy Allen with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and Senator John Horhn were then introduced and presented an amazing overview of the Mississippi History Museum and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum both currently under construction. Mississippi’s history…. the good, the bad and the not so good (ugly)… will be presented from start to finish, no punches will be pulled, and our rich history will be displayed in 2 world class museums. The program was spellbinding, and makes us so proud of where we are versus where we were. Mississippi’s history is so interesting complex and deep.